The construction industry was one of the hardest hit sectors as a result of coronavirus, now on the road to recovery, there could be many of you reading this from home interested in joining the sector. And you would be right to, the construction sector is a backbone of the economy and plays a part in all our lives whether you go into infrastructure, civil engineering or residential construction.
You may be asking, can I qualify to join the sector whilst still in lockdown? The simple answer is yes! There are a multitude of platforms offering training specific to construction which are widely accepted in the industry. This blog will talk about the qualifications you can achieve from home and what to look out for when making your choice.
Your first objective should be a CSCS card. Not strictly a qualification but a regular requirement for most construction firms. This shows you are competent in health and safety requirements relevant to your job role. You are able to both study for and complete the test online at your own pace.
Now you have an understanding of the health and safety requirements needed to work on site, it’s time to start sharpening your skills. Your next step should be an online construction management certificate or comparative qualification. This is both suitable for those wishing to enter the built environment industry or currently employed workers looking to advance. This online course will teach you key skills applicable to any building site, skills such as; cost control, project planning and site organisation. This will give you a full grasp of the complex running of a site and prepare you for you for your day to day responsibilities.
Now these online courses come with a caveat, you can be extremely knowledgeable on all aspects of the built environment but nothing will prepare you more than real experience. As the strict lockdown rules are relaxed and the world goes back to a semblance of normality, if safe to do so, we will always recommend qualifications with an element of practical assessment. But until we reach that point, gaining qualifications will only improve your chances of placement within this industry. Please remember, when looking for an online course, whichever supplier you choose, always check they are accredited by a reputable company. With the prevalent skills gaps across construction, whether you are looking for your first construction job or promotion at your current level, use this lockdown time to become the most employable you can be.